Gilbert Duran Aguirre, 29, a lifelong Grant County resident, entered eternal rest early Tuesday morning at his home in Central. He was born July 31, 1961, in Silver City. Mr. Aguirre was a member of the Catholic Church, and the New Mexico Army National Guard. The vigil service will be held tonight at 7 in Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels with Deacon Johnny Perez officiating. The funeral liturgy service will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard with the Rev. Mike Lindsay officiating. The committal rite service will follow in the Fierro Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest. Veteran's honors will be accorded by the Army National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Aguirre of Central; one son, Gilbert John Aguirre of Central, and Gabrielle Aguirre also of Central; his parents, Joe and Martha Aguirre of Fierro; his paternal grandparents, Juan and Manuela Aguirre; his maternal grandmother, Mary Duran; two brothers, Joe Aguirre of Bayard and Mark Aguirre of Fierro; and four sisters, Barbara Dominguez of Central, Patty Macias of Bayard, Lupe De La Torre of Tucson, Ariz., and Socorro Torrez of Bayard. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Casket bearers will be members of the National Guard. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels.
Doreen Wofford Ahrens, 20, died Saturday in an automobile accident in Las Cruces. Mrs. Ahrens was born in Silver City on April 28, 1961, the daughter of Hurshel and Sally Lou Wofford. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bayard and was majoring in Early Childhood Development at New Mexico State University. Mrs. Ahrens is survived by her husband Steven Ahrens of Las Cruces; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hurshel Wofford of Bayard; two sisters, Nancy Helton of Buckeye, Arizona and Terry Hurt of Silver City; one brother, Petty Officer 1st Class Hurshel Wofford, Jr. of Beeville, Texas; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wofford of Eagletown; parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst H. Ahrens of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Mr. and Mrs. Dee Cole of Bayard. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Curtis-Bright Chapel with the Rev. Francis Roundtree officiating. Interment followed in Memory Lane. Serving as active pallbearers were Captain Robin Crouse, Captain Gene Gent, Sgt. Major Thomas Valadez, Mack Pattarozzi, Ronald Wofford and Richard Helton. Honorary pallbearers were Petty Officer 1st Class Hurshel Wofford, Jr., Jerry Hurt and Albert Gavaldon. Arrangements by Curtis-Bright Funeral Home.
Doreen was my wife, my best friend and my most beloved. I cannot tell you of the pain and loss I suffered upon her loss. I can only hope to live up to her dreams for me. I am afraid I have fallen short, but look forward to joining her again. Thank you all for your love and support.
From Mona Trujillo Garcia on July 2nd, 2014
Doreen was a very special friend. She was beautiful, talented and loving. We shared the same birthday and many good times together. when I found out she had passed and it was too late for me to say goodbye it was a very sad time indeed. I will remember her always as a great, kind, loving friend and I miss her so very much. I was blessed to have shared my highschool years with her! May she rest in peace!
From Carol Garcia Nathasingh on October 13th, 2013
To our beloved friend who was named Miss CHS 1979 and Editor of The Chieftain Yearbook 1978 and 1979. May your glowing light from heaven always lead the way for us. Forever in our hearts.
Patrick "Pat" M. Cohn Sr., 51, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born March 17, 1960 in Fairview, NM to Leroy Cohn and Dorothy Chacon Cohn. Patrick was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and cutting wood with his brother Anthony. He especially loved spending time with family and friends. He loved to dance, play music and to make people laugh. He worked as an underground miner for Cypress mines in PA; as a heavy equipment operator and pipefitter for several different construction companies and also at Albertson's in the produce department. Survivors include his loving children Patrick Michael Cohn Jr. and wife Desiree; Eric R. Cohn and companion Sarah; one daughter Felicia Cohn and companion Joshua; his grandchildren, Ezmiah, Tristian, Belder, Al, Aidan, Eric Jr. and Zach Cohn and Angel Roman Valencia. Other survivors include his father Leroy Cohn, brothers Joseph "Frankie" (Belinda), Anthony (Carlene), Errol (Mitzie) and Shawn; nieces and nephews, Joseph, Jacob, Jason, Marina, Anthony Jr., Antonette, Levi, Kimberly, Raelyn, Jania and Raeleen and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; brothers, Ray Leroy and Joseph Cohn; his grandparents, Ramon and Odelia Chacon and Bernie and Frank Cohn. A memorial service to honor Patrick's life will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Deacon Bill Holguin officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love."
Mass for David Garcia Delgado, 46, of Kempner, begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove with military honors. The Rev. James. E. Robertson will officiate. Delgado died on September 28, 2007. He was born on June 17, 1961, in Silver City, N.M. David married Terri Valles on October 24, 1979, in Silver City, N.M. Delgado was employed with the Texas Department of Transporation in Lampasas. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. During his 13-year career in the U.S. Army, he served in Desert Storm. His army awards include the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon No. 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon No. 2, Expert Badge Rifle, Sharpshooter Badge Grenade, Army Lapel Button, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, and a Kuwait Liberation Medal. He was preceded in death by his father, Pete Delgado, and his mother-in-law, Luisa Valles. He is survived by his wife, Terri Delgado, of Kempner, two sons, David Christopher and Stephanie Delgado of Copperas Cove, and Anthony L. Delgado and Melissa Danko, of Kempner; one granddaughter, Aubrey Skye Danko; mother, Angie Garcia Delgado of Bayard, N.M.; two sisters Betty and Alfred Rascon, of Hanover, N.M., and Carol Sedillos, of Bayard, N.M.; three brothers, Robert and Mary Delgado, of Silver City, N.M., Daniel Delgado and Paul Delgado, both of Bayard, N.M.; his father-in-law Manuel Valles, of Hurley, N.M.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 26460, Austin TX 78755-0460. Sheppard Funeral Home in Copperas Cove is in charge of the arrangements.
Benjamin C. Garcia passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. He was born to Arturo and Elma Garcia June 25, 1961 in Silver City, NM. He was a mighty powerful man of God whose faith never wavered. He was the best husband in the whole wide world and he loved his family and everyone he knew with a true Christian love. He was also an awesome drummer and had a beautiful voice which he used to praise God with. He was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Olga Garcia; 3 step children Bobby Valenzuela (Mirna), Linda Roxanne Finnegan (Rob), David Valenzuela (Adriana); nine grandchildren Adriann, Nikki, Damian, Autumn, Kyle, David Jr., Jacob, Daniel and Talitha. He is also survived by his brother Rick Garcia (Monica), his sisters, Christine Placencio, Norma Ruiz (Bob), Margo Bencomo (Benny) and Barbara Graham (Scott) and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at Church for the Nations, 6225 N. Central, Phoenix, Arizona 85012 on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Words can not express the sadness that i feel knowing that Ben is no longer with us. He was my best friend in High School. I'll never forget his laugh and how he loved to make others laugh. He was an awesome drummer and loved to sing! I never remember him being angry at anyone. He was truly a loving soul that found joy in making others happy. We lost touch after highschool and it was great to be able to visit with him at our last reunion. I was happy to see that he had found such a loving partner to share his life with and that brought him so much happiness. I miss him and I'm glad to have him as an Angel because I know he watches over us! May you rest in peace my dear friend!
Cathy Gavaldon, 45 longtime resident of Deming and former resident of Bayard, passed away Saturday April 28, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Visitation will begin Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at Baca's Funeral Chapel where funeral services will begin at 2 o'clock that afternoon with Reverend Andres Z. Silva, Pastor of Living Family Church officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Cathy was born November 25, 1961 in Deming to Filemon and Leanor Gavaldon. She lived in Grant County during her school years and graduated from Cobre High School in 1980. Her family moved back to Deming in 1983 and she had most recently been working at Deming Electronics for the last several years. Cathy was a member of Living Word Family Church. She is survived by her longtime friend and companion, Salvador Curiel Jr. of Deming; her son, Andres P. Curiel of Deming; 4 brothers, Filemon Gavaldon Jr. and Ernest Gavaldon both of Bayard, Albert Gavaldon of Morenci, AZ, Robert Gavaldon of Deming; 2 sisters, Viola Wofford of Las Cruces and Diana Perez of Salinas, CA. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents. Pallbearers will be Robert Ramirez, Jacob Valdez.
Harold M. Stambach, 81, a retired school teacher who taught for many years at Cobre High School in Bayard, died Friday, Nov. 19, in Tucson, Ariz. Private funeral services were held in Tucson. Survivors include his wife, Isabell, of Tucson and daughter, Sandra S. Campbell, of Chula Vista, Calif. Mr. Stambach lived in various towns in New Mexico and was a former resident of Bloomington, Ill. He was a Western Athletic Conference official for many years. Donations may be made to the Heart Association. Arrangements were by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel, Tucson.
Sandra Sandoval Ortiz, 30 of Bayard entered life eternal Friday in University of Arizona Hospital in Tucson. She was born Nov. 13, 1960, in Silver City and was a lifetime Grant County resident. She was a homemaker, a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, and a graduate of Cobre High School. Calling hours for Mrs. Ortiz were to be from 2-4 p.m. today in Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels, where the vigil service will be held tonight at 7. The funeral liturgy service will be held Wednesday morning at 10 in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard, with the Rev. Paulus Kao officiating. The committal rite service will follow in Fort Bayard National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest. Survivors include her husband Eddie Ortiz of Bayard; her parents, Felix and Flora Sandoval of Vanadium; four daughters, Amanda, Felicia, Candice and Angelique Ortiz of Bayard; four brothers, Felix Sandoval of Bayard, Arthur Sandoval of Vanadium, Alex Sandoval of Bayard and Thomas Sandoval of Tucson; three sisters, Gloria Sandoval of Vanadium, Corina Aguirre of Magma, Utah, and Sylvia Jones of Silver City; her grandmother Cruz Garcia; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Rose Ortiz of Bayard; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Casket bearers will be Sherlene Wicker, Raul Holguin, Ruben Portillo, Chad Reeves, Andy Parra and Robert Parra. Honorary bearers will be all her brothers and brothers-in-law. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels.
Frank D. Lopez 66, of Hurley, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital of Las Cruces. Mr. Lopez was born in Tyrone, NM on September 8, 1917, the son of Marcos and Juanita Lopez Duran. He attended Silver City schools and graduated from Western High School. He held Master of Arts Degrees in Secondary education and School Adminisration from WNMU. Before becoming principal of Cobre High School in 1971, he taught Spanish, social studies, and was baseball and basketball coach, athletic and activities director. He retired as Cobre principal in 1980. Since that time, he served as Commissioner of NM and was a member of the Cobre Board of Education, being a member of the Board at the time of his death. Mr. Lopez is survived by his wife, Adelina Lopez of Hurly; two sons, Frank "Doc" Lopez, Jr. of Hatch, NM; Reymundo Lopez of Silver City; one daughter-in-law, Patsy (wife of Frank Jr.) and grandson, Christopher Bruce Lopez both of Hatch; five sisters, Mrs. Barbara Serna of Albuquerque; Mrs. Olga Carabajal of Belen; Mrs. Edna Turin of Atlanta, Geo; Mrs. Eva Clark of Ruidoso and Mrs. Amy Werner of Albuquerque. His parents and a sister; Mrs. Lee Alper of Atlanta, Geo, preceded him in death. Rosary recitation was held at the Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel and Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Hurley with Rev. Tomas Perez officiating. Interment followed at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery with Allingham-Golding Post No. 18 conducting military honors. Serving as pallbearers were Raul Carreon, Sr., Fidel Madrid, Jr, W.L. Baca, Phil Turin, Librado Maldonado and Alex J. Patterson. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Lopez, Chon Fierro, Raul Carreon, Jr, Richard Abalos, Nobel Lafond, Ed Sordel, Harold Stambaugh, and Tom Powers, all of his former students, faculty, and co-workers of Cobre High School. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing may send donations to the Cancer Treatment Center, El Paso, TX. Arrangements were by Wheeler Funeral Home of Silver.
John "Marty" Sandoval, 18 died Friday, September 7, in Sierra County. Mr. Sandoval was born in Silver City and had been a life long resident of Grant County where he attended Cobre High School. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hanover and the Youth Catholic Program Searchers. Mr. Sandoval is survived by his mother Mrs. Emma Sandoval of Hanover, five sisters, Janie Cordoval of Indianapolis, Indiana, Vicki Portillo of Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Cathy Velesquez of Tucson, Arizona, Sally Enriquez of Phoenix, Arizona, Terri Sandoval of Hanover, two brothers, Larry Sandoval of South Gate, California, Ronnie Sandoval of Hanover, his maternal grandfather, Mr. Louis Abeyta of Denver, Colorado and his step-paternal, Benito Sandoval of Glenwood Springs Colorado. He is preceeded in death by his father, John Sandoval in 1971. Rosary recitation was at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard. Mass of the Resurrection was at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Our Lady of Fatima with the Reverend Father Jaime Soliz officiating at both services. Burial followed in Memory Lane Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were, Gilbert Gutierrez, Jerry Salas, Arthur Ambriz, David Salas, Michael Valencia, Arthur Gutierrez, Ronnie Chavez and Ramon Vigil. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Tafoya, Manuel Aguirre, Bobby Escobar, Ralph Holguin and Raul Escobar.
Julia was not only my friend she was my cousin and much more like a sister to me. She lived with my family during her Junior and Senior year and we became very close. she didn't let a lot of people get very close to her but those of us who did know how blessed we were to have such a beautiful spirit to call friend. She was so very kind and giving and loving. It breaks my heart that she was taken from us so soon. I am so happy that she found a man to love and cherish and care for her the way she deserved to be loved! I feel blessed that we had the opportunity to reconnect and that I was able to be there for her toward the end of herr life.
Dorothy Rusch Archibald, 90, passed away Friday evening April 29, 2011 at the home of her daughter in Albuquerque.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 4, 2011 at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City from 5 until 7 o'clock in the evening. The funeral service will be held Thursday May 5, 2011 at Baca's Funeral Chapels at 10 o'clock in the morning with Rev. Robert Ihlefeld of the Hurley Community Church, officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at the Hurley Cemetery.
Dorothy was born to Ida (Schmidt) and William Rusch on March 24, 1921 in Rockland, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS Degree in Home Economics and Biology. She taught in the high school at Wild Rose, Wisconsin for two years. In 1946, she came to Hurley to teach home economics and science at Hurley High School. She later taught home economics at Snell Junior High and Biology at Cobre High and eventually retired after 25 years of service. In 1946 she married Fredrick C. Archibald, formerly of McAlester, Oklahoma. They made their home in Hurley for over 50 years. Until her retirement, she was actively involved in many school activities and also taught Sunday school and vacation bible school for many years at the Hurley Community Church.
Survivors include a son William Archibald (Pam), Silver City; 2 daughters, Dorothy Shay (Robert), Albuquerque and Deborah Mavity, El Paso, TX; grandson, William Cory and his fiancee, Wendy Hunt, Phoenix, AZ and great-grandson, Jaxon Chase Archibald, Atlanta, GA. She is preceded in death by her husband, "Dub"; five brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Jack Dunaway, Richard Youngs, Floyd Page, Marty Mize, Roy Jackson and Robert Shay.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hurley Community Church.
Laura Sumner, 83, formally of Bayard, passed away Tuesday, May 19, in Fort Worth, Texas. Graveside funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Memory Lane Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating. Mrs. Sumner was born May 29, 1914, in LaMesa. She was married to the late William Richmond Sumner. She is survived by one son, Walter James Sumner, one daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Franklin, and her husband, Jimmy Don, of China; one brother, Jack Rigney of Raleigh, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sumner taught home economics for more than 20 years at Cobre High School. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrrangements.
Milford D. Thompson, 68, a Deming resident, died Monday at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. Visitation was to be held today from 2-6 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Deming. The funeral service will be conducted there Friday morning at 10 with the Rev. Kenneth Long, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. He was born June 14, 1921, in Flat River, Mo. He was a World War II Army veteran and was educated in Missouri. In 1957, he moved with his family to Deming where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Thompson taught business at Cobre High School in Bayard for many years until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Berniece Neighbors and Alma Marie Thompson. Survivors include several cousins. Casket bearers will be M.R. Fewell, E.L. Terry, Francis Shiflett, Duane Sterrett, R.A. Herrington and Robert Beckett. Honorary bearers will be Art Parra, Cosme Gutierrez and Milton Duran. Baca's Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements.